Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Deadline: 13 June 2019
Open to: applicants with a PhD and significant postdoctoral research experience
Benefits: fully funded


Wellcome has evolved its approach to research careers and reviewed the use of time-post qualification as an eligibility criterion. Time based eligibility criteria do not always accurately reflect research maturity and stage of independence, particularly when researchers have moved fields or had career breaks. In order to provide greater flexibility and clarity, we have removed years of post-doctoral experience as an eligibility criterion. In keeping with the partnership, The Royal Society has agreed to these changes for the Sir Henry Dale scheme. They will look at your research plans, vision and competitiveness relative to your career stage when assessing your application.

What is the aim of a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship?

The aim of this scheme is to enable you to establish yourself as an independent researcher leading a unique and innovative programme of research. It allows you to build your research team and establish the collaborations and networks necessary to answer your own research questions. By the end of the fellowship, the expectation is that you will have delivered work that is important, original and has an impact and that you will have developed an
international reputation as an independent research leader in your field.


You are eligible to apply for a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship if you have a Ph.D. and significant postdoctoral research experience.

If, for your Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, you’re proposing to stay in your current department, you should describe in your application how this proposal will further your independent scientific career. Please note that if you hold an established post you are not eligible to apply for a fellowship to be held at your current employing organisation. In exceptional cases, we are willing to consider a preliminary application if you wish to move the organization and are able to make a strong scientific justification for the move.

This scheme is not open to individuals who wish to combine research with a continuing clinical career in medicine, psychology, dentistry or veterinary practice.

Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration (e.g time away due to personal reasons such as maternity, paternity, adoption leave or other caring responsibilities; ill health or working in a non-research environment/role such as industry).

Individuals who have held or are currently completing a nationally competitive fellowship at the same level as this fellowship are not normally eligible to apply for this scheme. In addition if you’re currently applying for another Wellcome fellowship or a Royal Society University Research Fellowship you would also be unable to apply.

You must have made intellectual contributions to research that have been published in leading journals, and be able to demonstrate your potential to carry out independent research.

Resubmissions are not normally encouraged. If a previous application has been unsuccessful, please contact the Wellcome Trust for advice.


Under the partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, the Funders will pay 100% of the direct costs and, with the agreement of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, a standard flat rate contribution towards indirect and estate costs will be provided on the Sir Henry Dale Fellowships. The ring-fenced indirect and estate costs will be funded entirely by the Royal Society

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker.

For more information, please visit the official web page.